The quick arrest Friday morning of the suspect in an armed robbery north of the IU Bloomington campus is a textbook example of how the concept of “If you see something, say something,” really works.
A sharp-eyed student told police where the suspect was hiding after learning from an IU-Notify emergency alert to be on the lookout for a suspicious person. The first IU-Notify alert, issued by IUPD, went out shortly after 6 a.m. The final alert, stating Bloomington Police had the suspect in custody, was issued less than 30 minutes later.
The suspect, according to a Bloomington Police news release, is accused of robbing a 30-year-old man (non-student) inside his apartment, which was unlocked, on the 1200 block of North Dunn Street. An IU-Notify emergency alert was issued because the suspect had brandished a gun and was last seen running toward campus.
Here is the Bloomington Police news release:
On March 30,
Officers arrived within minutes and began establishing a perimeter with hopes of containing the suspect until a police K9 could arrive on
The male detained was identified as Gregory A. Turk, 40, no permanent address.
In an interview with a Detective, Turk admitted to entering the victim’s unlocked apartment with the intent to rob the victim. Turk also admitted that once inside the apartment, he did pull the handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the victim.
Turk was arrested and remanded to
- Burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, level 2 felony
- Robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, level 3 felony
- Resisting law enforcement, class A misdemeanor
- Outstanding arrest warrant out of Marion County for residential entry, level 6 felony, and battery by bodily waste, class B misdemeanor.
- Outstanding arrest warrant out of Monroe County for failure to appear on the original charge of theft, A misdemeanor